Basin Communities Leadership Program


MDA Basin Communities Leadership Program        


What's it all about?


The Basin Community Leadership Program is an exciting initiative focused on building leadership capacity throughout the Basin.

Developed by the Murray Darling Association and delivered in partnership with regional facilitators the program will identify, educate and mentor the next generation of water leaders.

For more information download the information flyer here.


Program Benefits

•   Enhanced leadership skills for use and application in your community

•   Basic project management proficiencies and planning tools

•   Development of intelligent enquiry and the foundation for informed debate

•   Facilitated self-reflection – enabling improved stakeholder engagements

•   Access to resources which will help the emerging leaders with community focused challenges, opportunities and solutions

•  Improved awareness of Murray-Darling Basin challenges and opportunities


What is involved?

MDA On-line Academy – Participants will complete 5 modules and some self-reflection via the MDA’s on-line portal prior to attending the workshops.

Two day face-to-face Workshop – Build your knowledge and expand your networks with presentations from local, regional and national leaders. Workshops will be facilitated by experts in leadership training in partnership with the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust.

MDA National Conference – Registration to attend the MDA National Conference, either in-personal or virtually. A great opportunity to develop your leadership skills, network with local and national leaders and decision-makers from all across the Basin.





When and where?

MDA program staff and facilitators Jo Eady from RuralScope and Natalie Sommerville from Windjara Ag will travel to the following Basin communities to deliver this great initiative in 2021.

Swan Reach [POSTPONED]
Lower Lakes [POSTPONED]
Cobdogla-Barmera-Berri [POSTPONED]
Colignan [POSTPONED]
Rochester [POSTPONED]
Merbein-Red Cliffs [POSTPONED]

Please note: After much deliberation, the MDA has made the decision to postpone the Basin Communities Leadership Program until December-March. If you have already applied MDA staff will get in touch to update you on the coming dates and changes. The MDA is still accepting applications! If you are interested in attending the Leadership Program, follow the above links and instructions to apply.





Who are we looking for?

The MDA is recruiting 15 participants from each of the eligible Basin communities through the following Key Selection Criteria:                                                                                                                         

- Are you keen to grow and develop your leadership and community engagement skills?

- Are you looking to shape and influence the future prosperity of your community? 

- Would you like to have direct input into consultation with key stakeholders and decision makers?

- Are you keen and eager to participate in future community focussed projects / initiatives?

If you answered YES to these questions, we would love to hear from you!



How to apply

Applications are now open! 

To apply online, click here.

Please email if you have questions or need further information.


This project was funded by the Australian Government under the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program.